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MizzouForward Keynote: Genome Evolution: Research, Teaching and Engagement


May 2nd | 11am-12pm

N214A Memorial Union or ZOOM


Join us for “Genome Evolution: Research, Teaching and Engagement" a keynote presentation by Dr. Patrick Edger, College of Arts & Science MizzouForward faculty candidate.  Dr. Edger will present on his research for approximately 40-minutes with a 20-minute question and answer session to follow.

Dr. Edger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Patrick received his PhD degree from the University of Missouri in 2012 and was an NSF National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at UC-Berkeley and University of Arizona from 2012-2015. He joined the Michigan State University faculty in Fall 2015.

The primary research interest of Dr. Edger’s lab lies in understanding how the environment shapes the evolution of genomes. His lab leverages a strong multidisciplinary approach and a diverse array of tools, including comparative functional genomics, phylogenomics and systems biology, to investigate gene family dynamics, uncover noncoding regulatory sequence variation, and identify novel gene functions. During this presentation, he will share some recent discoveries, as well as a vision for future research, towards uncovering the underlying mechanisms of subgenome dominance and its impact on shaping novel phenotypic diversity observed in hybrids and allopolyploids in both natural and agricultural settings. Additionally, he will provide examples of how an integrative approach of combining teaching, outreach, and research, not only engages students and the general public, but also helps build enthusiasm for the biological sciences and recruit a diverse body of future researchers to the field.


You can access Dr. Edger’s CV via OneDrive here:  

​pdf icon Edger_CV_March2022.pdf (University log in required to access)


After the keynote, please provide candidate feedback with our brief survey.




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